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Surface water drainage for developments

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) are used to reduce the risk of flooding caused by surface water drainage. SuDS try to copy the way that water drains in nature, instead of relying solely on traditional piped drainage.

On 15th April 2015 Leicestershire County Council as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) became a statutory consultee to the planning process. We are now responsible for reviewing the surface water drainage systems for all major development applications. Using sustainable drainage systems is important in ensuring that developments do not increase the risk of flooding. 

As a statutory consultee we are required to assess applications in line with the current planning legislation. 

Planning policies and guidance

Pre-application advice

As the LLFA we offer a pre-application advice service to developers to:

  • Help understand the criteria we work to
  • Give information on local flood risk so that it can be accounted for during development

To request pre application advice email flooding@leics.gov.uk

You’ll need to provide a minimum of:

  • A site location plan (redline boundary plan)
  • An outline of the proposals e.g. development of 25 residential properties

We can also give pre application advice where a flood risk assessment has been drafted prior to submission for planning.

Applications will be reviewed in line with our statutory consultee role. Please allow 21 days for the advice process.

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